Vivid commits to east coast rollout
4G network operator vividwireless remains committed to extending its network coverage across the Eastern states over the next year, and has signed data centre and dark fibre provider Vocus Communications for a multi-year IP transit deal.
And they're off! Day one at the solar races
WSCYesterday, 37 solar cars set off from State Square in Darwin, NT for the start of the 3,000km 2011 World Solar Challenge across the Australian continent. El Reg's Special Projects Bureau was there to wave them off...
Why so shy on pay-by-wave, Nokia?
Nokia has launched a new website promoting Near Field Communications without any mention of the pay-by-wave systems that have got everyone else so excited.
Voda in 3G blackhole probe by ASA
Serious network problems in Glasgow have left Vodafone customers with a dicky 3G service for at least six months, according to a complaint the Advertising Standards Agency is investigating.
House of Marley Exodus headphones
Geek Treat of the WeekAs soon as I saw the Exodus headphones I wanted them, and now that I’ve heard them – well, I’m just jammin’ till the jam is through.
MIT boffin: Salted disks hold SIX TIMES more data
A Singapore researcher claims that disk drives could hold six times more data by adding table salt to a bit-patterned media (BPM) process.
Sesame Street YouTube page hijacked by smut pushers
Deviant hackers broke into the Sesame Street channel on YouTube on Sunday to replace child-friendly movies of fluffy puppets with hardcore porn.
Samsung demands iPhone 4S ban in Japan and Oz
Despite setbacks in three patent battles with Apple last week, Samsung has come out fighting today by filing for preliminary injunctions on the iPhone 4S in Japan and Australia.
OpenSUSE 12.1 delivers Fedora punch with GNOME 3
ReviewThe big news in openSUSE 12.1, whose first beta has recently dropped, is the arrival of GNOME 3 – in this case GNOME 3.2.
Back to the Future DeLorean to go under the hammer
Doc Brown may have used his tool kit on the car many a time, but the DeLorean from Back to the Future is now going under a different kind of hammer. The time-travelling vehicle is up for auction later this year, wealthy fans of the film series will be excited to know.
Public sector cloud looms, but who wants it?
It appeared to fall off the radar for a while, but the plan for the G Cloud has gone back to the top of the government's IT agenda.
1m iPad 3s being built this quarter, says analyst
Apple's contract manufacturers have started punching out parts for the iPad 3.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S Android smartphone
ReviewSony Ericsson’s first Xperia smartphones could hardly be called stylish but the new 2011 models are a different kettle of fish. The latest, called the Arc S is quite simply gorgeous. Along with the original Arc and the new Xperia Ray, the Arc S may well qualify as one of the prettiest handsets ever made.
Self Service BI: Would you, should you?
Expert ClinicWe asked last week for your expert views on the state of self-service business intelligence.
iPad baby baffled by paper magazine
VideoYouth is not wasted on the young. But apparently paper is, and so are static and archaic publishing models that don't involve pinching and poking. This baby is so used to an iPad that old-fashioned dead-tree media is just baffling.
Virgin Media broadband in two-day wobble
Virgin Media customers in London and the South East have been rocked by internet outages that cut them off from big sites including Wikipedia, Yahoo! and the Guardian yesterday and this morning. Reg readers bombarded our inbox to report pockets of dicky service, which seemed to start on Sunday morning and is still ongoing for some people.
RIM hopes to distract punters with free pretties
RIM is to hand out free apps to appease its beleaguered customers, along with free technical support so next time the network collapses a human being can tell you you're screwed.
Firefox preps native Android interface
The Firefox interface on Android is going native – for snappier performance and to gobble less memory.
Bog builder pushes out poo-powered motorbike
Japan's leading toilet manufacturer has really pushed the float out with its promotional activities, creating a poo-powered motorcycle with its own built-in lav-look seat.
Boffins whip up SELF-WIRING chip
Boffins have developed a new nanoscale material that could potentially allow computers to rewire themselves according to the user's needs.
Survey: '4 million' Brits stung by ID theft
Consumers continue to be complacent about identity theft despite growth of the crime, which has claimed four million victims in the UK alone.
Leo DiCaprio slated to play Turing in biopic
Warner Bros has outbid other film studios to secure the rights to a script on the life of Alan Turing.
Apple: 4m iPhone 4S handsets sold, thank you very much
Apple sold 4m iPhone 4S handsets this past Friday and over the weekend, it claimed today.
Gartner: Acer's glory days may be over
Gartner reckons the inventory debacle at Acer may have permanently cost the vendor its position near the summit of the PC market.
MacBook case fabs kick up a right stink
Taiwanese parts supplier Catcher Technology has been forced to close down some of its production systems in China's Suzhou province after local residents complained to the authorities about "odours" coming from its factories.
Three questions that could put out Amazon's Fire
A US congressman is pushing Amazon for details of its cloud-based browsing, Silk, specifically asking what data the company is gathering and how it intends to make use of it.
Bushfire halts solarcar race in its tracks
World Solar ChallengeGreat excitement on day 2 of the 2011 World Solar Challenge - a bush fire halted the 3000km race across Australia for several hours.
Appro notches up another Los Alamos super deal
Supercomputer maker Appro International has lassoed itself another supercomputer win at the US Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Verizon users must 'opt in' for privacy
US operator Verizon Wireless is to log, and sell, customers' browsing and location history, unless the customers specifically opt out of being tracked at every turn.
IBM big iron OSes treated to spit and polish
Mainframe hardware got a refresh at the high end last year and in the midrange this year, but that is it for this level of big iron from IBM for a while. However there are plenty of enhancements the company will add to its mainframe operating systems to keep its largest customers happy – and therefore happy enough to pay the premiums that IBM commands for its mainframe iron.
Steve Jobs memorial brings out tech titans... and Bono
Tech world supremos Larry Page, Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Michael Dell and Apple's Tim Cook and Scott Forstall made an appearance at the secret memorial for Steve Jobs held in Stanford University yesterday.
US telcos agree to warn users before they bust their tariff
US network operators have bowed to public pressure, and the FCC, by agreeing to send out notifications every time a user pops their bundled allocation of minutes, messages and data.
WD: Thailand floods worse than feared
WD is expecting flooding in Thailand to "significantly impact" disk drive availability this quarter after the situation deteriorated.
Microsoft updates Intune to patch cloud pitch
Microsoft has updated its Intune management suite, adding support for third party application patches and better hardware-management capabilities.
Pumped-up radio telescope seeks new moniker
The prosaically named Very Large Array radio-telescope installation is getting a substantial upgrade – and the boffins who tend it have decided that it needs a new name to go with its formidable facelift.
US military debated hacking Libyan air defenses
The Obama administration intensely debated whether to hack the computer networks that run Libya's air-defense system in the days leading up to the US-led strikes against Qaddafi forces, The New York Times reports.
SGI inks reseller deal with Cloudera
Silicon Graphics is chasing elephants – stuffed elephants, that is – and it has enlisted Cloudera as a partner in its big-data safari.
LibreOffice plans ports to iOS, Android, cloud
The Document Foundation, which is developing the LibreOffice software suite, has demonstrated the business software working entirely in the browser for cloud applications, and has announced that it will also port it to Android and iOS.
Wireless industry bows to 'bill shock' rules
Bowing to pressure from the US Federal Communications Commission, mobile service providers have agreed on a set of guidelines designed to prevent unexpected wireless charges that induce what's become known as "bill shock".